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Mar 20

March 20, 2017

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

As an Occupational Therapist, I deal with other people’s pain daily. As soon as the introductions are over, I ask about pain levels. “Do you hurt anywhere? On a scale of one-to-ten, how much pain are you in? Describe your pain.” Most people I encounter are in some kind of pain, so much so that I sometimes become numb to... Read more

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Aug 11

August 11, 2016

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Licking the (Yummy) Filling of an Oreo Sandwich Cookie

Out of all that happened this past week, three things stand out: 1) I had to take my car into the repair shop for the nth time this month, due to the inadvisability of driving with the engine light on, 2) My husband and I watched a gorgeous sunset (from our kayaks) across a beautiful little private lake during our... Read more

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Mar 27

March 27, 2016

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March Madness, Chronic Illness and Unpredictability

March madness isn’t a thing I would know about if it wasn’t for my oldest, Hayden. But brackets are the air he breathes all month long. It’s important to him that I fill out brackets for him to track and talk smack about. Out of my great love for him, I oblige. Knowing nothing about the teams, I pick based... Read more

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Mar 10

March 10, 2016

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God Saw This Day

For most of us, life exists in the before and after. Before the call and after, before the doctor ushered us from the room and gave us the news and after before the ultrasound silenced the room with it’s stillness and after, before the text from the other woman came across his phone and after, before the crash of metal and... Read more

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Jan 21

January 21, 2016

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The Journey to Finding Help

I have hereditary Fibromyalgia, but for most of my life, I didn’t know that.  I had been to many doctors. None of them knew what was wrong. I presented with different symptoms at different times, but one thing remained the same— I was always in pain. I have had numerous hospital stays, and terribly painful tests run to no avail.... Read more

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Jan 13

January 13, 2016

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Fighting With the Chronically Ill

Anita I remember the first time I heard about chronic illness. Although I didn’t fully understand what chronic illness was or had never even heard the term, my first memory of it was called fibromyalgia and it sunk teeth deep into my mother in law’s body. She was very energetic. She was accustomed and happy to do everything in and... Read more

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Nov 29

November 29, 2015

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When You’re Out of Spoons

If you are familiar with the impending, looming sense of dread heaped upon you at the mere mention of one more stop on the way home, you might be a spoonie. If you have ever cried upon being asked “Are we going anywhere today?” by your children, you might be a spoonie. If you have ever eyeballed the distance between... Read more

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Nov 21

November 21, 2015

5 Tips

5 Tips For Drowning Pride

There are few times when I feel as cool as I do when I’m in the pool getting shown up by the little old ladies at physical therapy. (And no, I’m not talking about temperature). It usually goes something like this. To Little Old Lady #1: You do three reps of twelve. To Stacey: You do one rep of ten.... Read more

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Nov 1

November 1, 2015

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Invisible Pain

I was driving my son to his Dad’s, or at least attempting to. But there was this hatchet lodged behind my right eye. Pain radiated throughout the right side of my face creating an increasing gurgling in my stomach until I finally pulled into the gas station and said, “I don’t think I can do this.” “Do what?” my son... Read more

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Oct 30

October 30, 2015

Five Fears

Five Fears of the Chronically Ill

You will never be enough. Whether it’s pain or fatigue, anxiety or depression or even all of the above, it’s sometimes hard to think about anything but that lead weight in your bones, that fire, that ache, that scream that won’t be silenced. You try to balance even just a few relationships, keep a couple of symptoms managed, plates spinning.... Read more

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